Corbin Ensminger Sports editor
October 31, 2013
LAURINBURG — Scotland’s game against Lumberton is coming a day earlier. The game was changed to tonight at 7:30 p.m. due to the possibility of inclement weather in the area on Friday.
LAURINBURG — Scotland (9-0, 3-0 SEC) takes on the winless Lumberton Pirates a week before closing out the regular season against Richmond. Scotland coach Richard Bailey said his team is focused on this week, knowing that they have to take it one step at a time to reach their goal of a conference championship.
Last week the Scots defeated Hoke County 38-24, despite allowing 17 points off of turnovers. Bailey said having to fight for the win last week will likely help his side focus on Lumberton.
“I think last week will help, the fact that we did not play well against a quality opponent or maybe that they thought would be an easier win. I think that’s helped to get them focused a little bit,” Bailey said. “We’re going to be a little more business-like and more focused on the task at hand. … I look for us to play better.”
The Scots were flagged several times for unsportsmanlike behavior against Hoke, and Bailey said he worked this week on preventing more in future games. In addition to extra workouts, several people from the community were brought in to talk with the team. Bailey said the team has responded well.
“We’ve had a good week of practice and the kids responded well. They understand that we want them to not just be great players, but also great representatives of our school and our community,” Bailey said. “It’s been good and the kids had a good week. We’ve done everything at this point that we can do to mentor them and there will be more serious consequences if that stuff continues.”
Scotland will be without a few players on defense, as Brandon McMillian has a bruised knee and Shykeim Oliver has been sick. Cross Holfert should be good to go however, as he has been practicing all week, Bailey said.
Lumberton has had a tumultuous season that has seen first-year head coach Joe Salas dismissed after just seven games with the school. Salas brought an air raid style offense with him to Lumberton, which for years has been a run-dominate team. The team still uses the pass-first option, which includes a lot of screen plays used as an extension of their running game. The Pirates will look to get the ball out to their wide receivers quickly and let them run.
However, a lot of the plays Lumberton will run tonight depends on how Scotland lines up on defense.
“They run lots of combination plays. They’re either going to run this or throw the screen based on where you line up. How you align dictates whether they’re going to run it or throw it,” Bailey said.
The junior varsity game was also rescheduled. It will be played Monday at 7 p.m. at Pate Stadium.